Last year, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality established a new policy for reporting gas drilling odors. It doesn't concern itself with water pollution or anything underground. Just the air.
Eight months later, the Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project wants to check in with TCEQ -- and the people affected -- to show them how effective this new policy is.
Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources conducted a hearing concerning H.R. 4817. The bill would amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977 and give uncertified States and Indian tribes authority to use payments to take care of certain noncoal (i.e. uranium) reclamation projects.
Last year, after concerted pressure demonstrating that its non-regulation of natural gas extraction and infrastructure industry was harming its citizens, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced new policies to protect Texas citizens from irresponsible companies.
Eight months later, EARTHWORKS' Texas Oil & Gas Accountability Project is going to hold a public meeting to review how those new policies are doing. But TCEQ doesn t want to participate.